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Looks cool but ehhhhh, pass:

From the Vera Safety site:

Reach uses a unique locking system that was specially engineered for handguns. When you push your handgun firmly into the holster, it automatically locks it into the safe. A strong metal lock holds the front trigger guard and prevents the gun from being pulled out by force.

The lock entirely avoids the trigger, making sure that accidental discharge by trigger pull is not possible.

$299 for the complete mount kit, holster etc…  Sure it looks cool and all, but similar things have been done many time before.  The Achilles heel of all of these things is that you’re rendering your gun useless until you free it from the locking device.  Sure if it’s not a life or death situation, and you’re just using it to keep a kids dirty paws off of it then I guess that’s perfectly fine… but all I have to say to anyone who thinks fingerprint readers are a good idea where you need something NOW is: Have you ever been out in the rain without gloves on, and tried to unlock your phone?  Have you ever had lotion on your hands and tried to unlock your phone? You can’t do it.  I’m confident fingerprint readers (and various other biometric solutions) will get there one way or another eventually, but right now they just aren’t built for life or death situations.  I’m sure in the history of mankind someone has warned someone they were going to murder them… giving the would be victim a chance to think and react, but for the most part I’m comfortable saying that only happens in James Bond movies.

According to a press post on the Vera Safety facebook page, they have secured more than $1M in investment money.  Mind blowing (but also not in the times we’re living in)..  People definitely love something that looks pretty, so I’m not all that surprised the investors think this will do well.  On a macro level it makes me wonder sometimes what I’m doing with my life, when I literally have all the skills to design, brand, produce, market, and sell something like this.  I think part of it is you really have to be a salesman to secure funding… like you actually need to convince the guys with the bag 💰that if out of the estimated 50 million households with guns in the US you can convince 1% (“JUST 1% FELLAS!!!!” you say) that this safe is a good idea then you’ll all be Scrooge McDuck’in, and won’t have to do anything you don’t want to do for the rest of your lives.

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Your friend pulls up with that erector set contraption and says “If I can crack your safe code in under 20 minutes, can I have a gun?”  What do you say?

I too noticed that ~3 number buffer zone on the combo numbers.. you really don’t have to be exact at all you just turn it near the numbers and good enough.  I see what that’s not ideal after watching this video.  I’m assuming the extremely high end safes have their own sets of problems, but I imagine that the combo number buffer zones aren’t one of them.

Wired also wrote an article which basically says the same thing as the video if you’re interested.   Every time I see how many articles I have left to read for free every month I panic. 

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Holy, this is really nice:

7:37 – All that security and he has a glassblock window?  I realize there’s that hardened steel grate over there, but doesn’t that very much compromise the total security of the room?  Couldn’t some criminal just back a truck up into that and smash it into the room?  Smash the window, hook something around the bars and pull them outside with a truck or something? I’m no expert but I think I would have just filled that window area up with concrete, and pile dirt up on the outside to make it look like nothing was there.

Maybe I’m just a bit more paranoid than the average person, but I’m really not into showing my guns (and how I store them) off on the internet to people I don’t personally know.  That said, I don’t have an active YouTube channel where I care about views.  I also don’t have as many guns, or store them in any sort of cool way… so there’s that too 🤔😭

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SHOTS FIRED at Sentry:

Shots-Fired-TriBlack-Shirt-Thumb2:31 – The old sock and magnet trick.

3:40 – Demonstration of the flaw.  Wow, that’s bad.

Holy this Mr. Locksmith guy is a savage.  I find security really interesting, and it’s something I’ve posted about before.  Deviant Ollam (who I’m a huge fan of) also is heavy into exposing security flaws, and has exposed different popular gun “safes”.

Thoughts?  Anyone quietly upgrading their safe?  Maybe investing in a rare earth magnet because you forgot your code? :P

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Yesterday was the SAFE act assault weapon registration deadline.  Here’s an example of how someone filled out the form:

NY-SAFE-ACT-Gun-Registration-Form-Example

Haha, I’m sure they’ll get a real kick out of that.  So much assault.  Government organizations always have the best sense of humor.

Gun owners who lawfully possessed guns that are now on the banned list were allowed to keep their weapons, but had to register them with the state police. They were also given the option of selling their guns to a licensed New York dealer or out-of-state buyer by Jan. 15 of this year.

Those who fail to comply could face a misdemeanor charge or — if they were already disqualified from owning a gun because of a prior criminal conviction or other reason — a potential felony.

Come-And-Take-ItFull Story – Wall Street Journal

What will actually end up happening… who knows?

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Hat tip: GearwhoresAnon

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Obviously the little guy didn’t figure these techniques out on his own… interesting nevertheless:

You can read the full story at forbes, and check out Marc Tobias’ Youtube Channel for lots more videos on the topic.

Calling these “Safes” as the article does is actually a misnomer, because these are obviously more like “lock boxes”.  The 2003 Vancouver, WA accidental (negligent?) self inflicted shooting of the 3 year old was terrible, but no matter what the official report says I’m still skeptical that the gun wasn’t accidentally left out in the open where the kid saw it.  I’m sure the fact that the “safe failed” means no criminal charges, whereas admitting to leaving the gun out probably amounts to criminal negligence?  A terrible thing for the family to live with either way.

If you want to see more yet on the topic, check out a previous post I made on hacking firearm lock boxes from a past DEFCON hacking conference in Las Vegas.

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Hat tip: Scott, Ryan

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